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spyman7

Minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 143 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dark Half

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    Best-selling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has resulted in a series of monstrous murders. But he can't. He created it.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Above average crime suspense."
    "not much to say"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Half to be better than the print version?

    I've never read it, but I suspect it may have been a better read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not one to say I know better than a professional writer.


    What aspect of Grover Gardener’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a bit monotone making it hard to get into the story initially.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It probably would not make a good movie.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (412)

    It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

    marvin says: "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    "good story"
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    Where does Christine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    probably in the top ten and I've listened to well over one hundred.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Christine?

    taking care of buddy and his gang.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there are a lot of good scenes in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i rarely listen to a book in one sitting. the shear length and my schedule do not permit.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10560)
    Performance
    (5446)
    Story
    (5490)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "good narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Dome to be better than the print version?

    close, but not quite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    I will give nothing away.


    What does Raul Esparza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    even when I am busy, I can continue following the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would be hard to make this book into a film and would probably lose a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    none.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (753)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "John Steinbeck remains an American treasure"
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    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have always loved this story but have not read it in over twenty years. With all the talk of Hemingway, for me, Steinbeck has always been at the top of his era.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters and that was one of Steinbeck's strengths; to create interesting, compelling characters.


    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't think I'd like Sinise's narration, but he did a more than adequate job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was and it is short at no more than four hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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